Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

14 January 2020

As we say goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020, MIA would like to recognise the immense impact the national bushfires are having on the Australian community. Our thoughts are with all those affected.

We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

Our friends at Manly Warringah Touch Football (Women's 30s) honoured their friend Peta Willard at their annual club dinner, where they raised over $1000 for MIA. Peta's husband Nathan spoke to over 250 players and the management team about Peta and her battle with melanoma. It was an incredibly moving day, and we extend our thanks to the club for their continued support.

Late last year, we introduced you to 10-year-old Heide who wanted to support her mum Pamela Tscherkasky, a melanoma survivor, and raise funds for MIA. We are delighted to announce that after shaving her head at her school, Narangba State School, Heide raised $325. Thank you to everyone who donated, and a special thank you to Heide.

St Cecilia's Primary School has a fundraising program called 'Little Feet, Big Footprints' where the Year 6 students choose a charity to raise money for and highlight through presentations. After some families were affected by melanoma, the St Cecilia's students and community elected to throw their support behind MIA and raised over $300 Thank you for your support.

In lieu of gifts for her 50th birthday celebrations, Trina Harbor chose to fundraise for MIA. Ten years ago her father was diagnosed with cancer and tragically passed away only four months later. Now, working in the field of melanoma herself, she realises just how important it is to be having regular skin checks. Thank you to all Trina's friends and family who donated, and thank you, Trina, for your amazing contribution of $1900 from your birthday fundraiser.

A donation of over $4000 is the cumulative total of two years worth of fundraising and awareness activities from the girls in Lilley House at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. They chose to fundraise for MIA to support of one of their Grammar families who sadly lost a loved one to melanoma. Well done ladies, and thank you for spreading the important message.

You may have seen Adam Brook, just 27 years of age, highlighted on our social media for Fundraiser Friday. Adam was recently diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma after previously having 55 lymph nodes removed from his neck. Adam and a group of gym-goers at Fit2Function Tamworth completed a 24-hour cycling marathon to raise awareness of melanoma and fundraise for MIA. Each team member pedalled the exercise bike for half-an-hour, before swapping with another person. The team pushed themselves to their physical limits and completed the 24-hour challenge, raising an incredible $5130. A huge thank you to all involved, and to Adam for organising the event.

Finally, we would like to say an enormous thank you to the Lord Mayor of Parramatta and council members for raising an astonishing $10,000 for MIA through their annual raffle.

We continue to be humbled by the spirit and support shown by our community.

Next Steps for National Screening Program for Melanoma
23 Mar 2020

Next Steps for National Screening Program for Melanoma

On Friday, a publication that lays out the steps needed to find out if a systematic screening program for melanoma would benefit all Australians was published in the Australia & New Zealand Journal of Public Health.

Melanoma March Update
13 Mar 2020

Melanoma March Update

Melanoma March events have been cancelled. A Virtual March will be held on Sunday 29th March. Read this statement from MIA CEO Matthew Browne.   

Saving lives this summer: 'Game On Mole!'
11 Mar 2020

Saving lives this summer: 'Game On Mole!'

Thank you to the thousands of Aussies who bought ‘Game On Mole‘ t-shirts, took selfies, shared t-shirt pics on social media and started lifesaving conversations around sun safety and skin health.

PBS boost for melanoma patients
01 Mar 2020

PBS boost for melanoma patients

Melanoma patients now have greater access to subsidised immunotherapy thanks to additional treatments today being listed on the PBS.

An open letter to all young Australians
25 Feb 2020

An open letter to all young Australians

Brisbane couple Leon and Tamra Betts were, like thousands of others around Australia, on the couch watching MAFS when newlywed Natasha ran through her weekly beauty routine. When they heard the 26-year-old mention solarium use, they were shocked, and then saddened, prompting this open letter to all young Australians.

MIA leads world-class skin tumour pathology conference
14 Feb 2020

MIA leads world-class skin tumour pathology conference

Professor Richard Scolyer, Co-Medical Director of Melanoma Institute Australia, will welcome international attendees this weekend to a sold-out, two-day course on ‘Pigmented Lesions and Other Hot Topics in Dermatopathology’.

MAFS, it is time for a reality check on solariums.
07 Feb 2020

MAFS, it is time for a reality check on solariums.

It is time for a reality check on solariums.
They have no place in anyone’s beauty routine.

Community Fundraising January Wrap-Up
07 Feb 2020

Community Fundraising January Wrap-Up

Throughout January our community created, hosted and participated in some amazing events, each of them helping us on our quest to reach zero deaths from melanoma.

Kyly Clarke urges Aussies to step up to save lives from melanoma
03 Feb 2020

Kyly Clarke urges Aussies to step up to save lives from melanoma

Australian television presenter, interior designer and mother Kyly Clarke has been announced as the new Ambassador for Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and its national awareness and fundraising campaign Melanoma March.

Improving support for our patients across Australia.
03 Feb 2020

Improving support for our patients across Australia.

Melanoma Institute Australia has recently partnered with three other organisations to boost support for melanoma patients and their carers across Australia.   

Boost to melanoma support in WA
31 Jan 2020

Boost to melanoma support in WA

Melanoma patients and their families across Western Australia will benefit from strengthened and expanded services with the merging of melanomaWA and Melanoma Institute Australia.

New Test to Predict Primary Melanoma Progression
21 Jan 2020

New Test to Predict Primary Melanoma Progression

Australian researchers have played a critical role in the discovery of a potential new test to predict which early stage melanoma patients are at high risk of their disease recurring and progressing.

Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up
14 Jan 2020

Community Fundraising December Wrap-Up

We are extremely grateful for our community fundraisers, who, even in this difficult time, have given up their time and effort to fundraise so we can continue to work towards our goal of zero deaths from melanoma.

Two melanoma treatments approved for PBS listing
24 Dec 2019

Two melanoma treatments approved for PBS listing

Melanoma patients are set to benefit from subsidised access to immunotherapy treatment for high risk early-stage and advanced-stage melanoma patients.    

Immunotherapy: the decade's biggest health advance
23 Dec 2019

Immunotherapy: the decade's biggest health advance

An informative article on how immunotherapy is revolutionising cancer treatment, written by Jill Margo and featured in the Australian Financial Review.  

 

Boost to Melanoma Services in the Riverina
12 Dec 2019

Boost to Melanoma Services in the Riverina

Melanoma patients and their families in the Riverina will benefit from strengthened and sustained melanoma services with the merger of the Amie St Clair Melanoma Trust and Melanoma Institute Australia.

Winner of the SunSafe Student Ambassador Program announced
11 Dec 2019

Winner of the SunSafe Student Ambassador Program announced

Belmont High School at Lake Macquarie has been announced winner of the 2019 SunSafe Student Ambassador Program video competition.

Community Fundraising November Wrap-Up
04 Dec 2019

Community Fundraising November Wrap-Up

It’s time again to say thank you to our amazing community fundraisers!

MIA & MPA Patient Information Evening videos now available
03 Dec 2019

MIA & MPA Patient Information Evening videos now available

Videos of the sessions at the recent Patient Information Evening co-hosted by Melanoma Institute Australia (MIA) and Melanoma Patients Australia (MPA) are now available for viewing.

MIA shines in poster session
22 Nov 2019

MIA shines in poster session

MIA is well-represented in the poster sessions at the Society for Melanoma Research 2019 Congress in the USA, with four poster presentations being given by members of our translational research lab.